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Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Phoenix rose 0.1 percentage points in April 2021 to 6.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Phoenix peaked in April 2020 at 13.7% and is now 7.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.9% in March 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Phoenix unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
Arizona 6.7% 0.0 -7.5
Phoenix 6.0% +0.1 -7.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 data as May metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Phoenix, Arizona, National

Phoenix, Arizona monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Phoenix peaked in April 2020 at 341,422. There are now 189,817 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 149,083 in March 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,522. Phoenix employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Phoenix, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Phoenix 151,605 +2,522 -189,817

Number of Unemployed Persons

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 6.7% 6.0% 151,605
March
2021
6.0% 6.7% 5.9% 149,083
February
2021
6.2% 6.9% 6.6% 167,106
January
2021
6.3% 6.7% 6.6% 168,182
December
2020
6.7% 6.8% 6.2% 157,511
November
2020
6.7% 6.8% 6.2% 156,301
October
2020
6.9% 6.8% 6.1% 153,657
September
2020
7.8% 6.9% 6.5% 164,423
August
2020
8.4% 7.0% 6.6% 163,397
July
2020
10.2% 10.4% 10.0% 255,692
June
2020
11.1% 10.7% 10.2% 257,960

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.